Filipinas in Australia Guide: How to Change Your Passport Name into Your Married Name

DISCLAIMER: All information contained herein are as of press time and are thus subject to changes without prior notice. As the RemitAU blog is merely a resource for information rather than an authority on immigration matters, readers are still encouraged to seek professional counsel.

 

Are you ready to take your husband’s name and flaunt that wedding ring?

 

Actually, using your husband’s surname is not automatic nor mandatory. After your wedding, you can still use your name and avoid the hassle of changing it in your social media accounts, e-mail signatures, bank accounts, and company and government IDs.

 

On the other hand, you don’t get to share the last name of your husband and your future children. Weighing the pros and cons, surname change may not be so bad. Besides, it is just a matter of preparing some documents and passing them to several name-change-in-charge- agencies, right?

 

So, who is in charge of changing your name in existing your passport?

 

If you are in Australia, the first step that you need to do is to visit the Philippine Embassy in Canberra or Philippine Consulate in Sydney.

 

Philippine Embassy in Canberra

 
  • Address: 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600.
  • Contact information: (02) 6273-2535 to 36 ext 231/passport@philembassy.org.au/ cbrpe@philembassy.org.au
  • Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 

Philippine Embassy in Canberra

 
  • Address: 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600.
  • Contact information: (02) 6273-2535 to 36 ext 231/passport@philembassy.org.au/ cbrpe@philembassy.org.au
  • Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 

If you are not from anywhere near the two locations, you can always check the embassy’s website for their Mobile Passport Mission schedules. You can check more about the mission and how to renew your passport using this link here.

 

For women who were married in Australia, you can have your surname changed by preparing and personally bringing the following documents on your appointment with the embassy or consulate:

 

1. Marriage Contract/Report of Marriage

 
Marriage Contract/Report of Marriage

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  • If married in the Philippines, Marriage or registered relationship certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
 

You can order your copy of your marriage certificate online through and have them delivered right at your doorstep through the Philippine Statistics Office E-census website. You may visit the website here.

 
  • If married abroad, Report of marriage/foreign marriage certificate issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the marriage was registered.
 

2. Passport Application Fee

  Passport Application Fee  

The fee is AUD 108 and should be paid in Cash, Austrian money order or bank cheque.

 

 3. Original and Photocopy of Philippine passport

 
Original and Photocopy of Philippine passport

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  • Duly accomplished application form. (RENEWAL REGULAR PASSPORT APPLICATION FORM (Adult))
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport (original and photocopy of bio-data page)
  • For Permanent visa status holders before 1 July 2007 provide any of the two additional requirements:

    • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) dated within seven days of the date of application
    • Or DIAC Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status (CERS) issued within three months of the date of application.
 

 4. Check the status of your application online

  Check the status of your application online  

If you applied in Canberra, go to the Advisory page of the Embassy website and click the “ePassports Ready for Release” link to see if your passport is available for release.

 

Meanwhile, if you applied in Sydney, visit the ePassport Updates page of the Consulate website.

 

5. Claim your new Philippine passport

 
Claim your new Philippine passport

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Passport renewal applications in Canberra take six to eight weeks to process, while those in Sydney are processed in eight to 10 weeks.

 

To claim your passport personally, present your old passport and official receipt. Your authorized representative may claim your passport and present your signed authorization letter, his or her valid ID, your old passport, and official receipt.

 

Now that you know how to have your passport issued name changed, go to the nearest embassy or consulate. Make your new legal name match all documents by registering your married name in agencies.

 

Changing your name due to marriage needs a lot of time and effort. But adopting your husband’s name is one Filipino tradition that expresses your binding promise to be his partner, his lover, and his forever.

Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.

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